Aditya Mehta, a para-cyclist who has won two silver medals at the 2013 Asian Paralympics, has alleged that he was forced to remove his prosthetic limb for a security check at the Bengaluru airport on Tuesday.
Mehta who was flying to Hyderabad october 11 from Bengaluru was asked to undo and redo his prosthetics by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials who said, 'It is your problem' when the cyclist protested.
Mehta took to facebook to describe his ordeal, he wrote, "Yet again I was forced to remove my prosthetic leg at KIA, Bangalore. Possibly a generous Dussehera gift from CISF - Central Industrial Security Force."
Describing the incident as one that left a “psychological scar” on the mind of a person with a physical disability, he said he was made to remove the prosthesis and wear it again despite his pleas against it citing an injury to the operated limb.
"Sarcasm aside, in my earlier posts, I have already mentioned how painful the procedure is to remove the prosthetics and wear it back. Worth mentioning is the psychological scar that it can leave on a physically challenged person's mind. Thankfully, I am not that weak mentally. Because this gives me another opportunity to champion the cause for my extended family of physically challenged people in India," he added.
Mehta’s earlier experience at the Kempegowda International Airport in August had triggered off a campaign asking for the setting up of body scanners at airports for persons with disabilities. “But CISF personnel are not yet sensitised to deal with such cases,” he added.